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NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with Northwest Arkansas’ award-winning holiday lights displays, parades and celebrations. Santa Trains, candlelight tours, tree lightings and plenty of holiday pageantry will keep everyone in the spirit!

Lights of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Each year, locals and visitors alike can’t wait to see the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks! Beginning Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony and parade, nearly a half-million twinkling lights turn Fayetteville’s historic downtown square into a sparkling winter wonderland! Every night through Dec. 31, stroll or drive through this amazing display and enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, and carriage and camel rides, too!

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s inaugural Christmas celebration! The fun begins in downtown Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community chili dinner, followed by joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children and that magical moment during the lightening ceremony when the bulbs come to life!

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

Winter Wonderland: Lighting of the Bentonville Square, Nov. 18

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to the historic downtown square! Gather with the community from 4-6 p.m. and celebrate the season with live music, steaming hot chocolate and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m., watch as the mayor flips the switch and illuminates downtown with bright, beautiful lights!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks, Nov. 25

There’s nothing like a parade of shimmering holiday floats to get you in the spirit! This year’s parade starts at 6 p.m. and will carry the theme “Christmas Around the World.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to kick off the holiday season!

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 2nd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from a Christmas parade, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, food trucks and a winter market. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park from noon – 7 p.m., it’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas Parade of Lights glides along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of twinkling lights! 

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

Kids and their families – naughty and nice — line the sidewalks of downtown for the annual Rogers Christmas parade. This year’s event, called “A Hollywood Christmas,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes floats in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a guest appearance by Santa himself.

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown illuminates in a stunning display of holiday lights! Following the lighting ceremony, the 37th Annual Christmas Parade procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Red, White & Who.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.!

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

See your favorite holiday characters from the big screen, plus bands and parade royalty at its finest at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Movies.” It starts at 6:30 p.m.!

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs, Dec. 2

Journey back to days past when you tour Eureka Springs’ most beautifully restored homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. This annual self-guided tour features Victorian attired docents who tell the history of each of the homes. Visitors will also be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

All-aboard for a day of ho-ho-ho-liday fun! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad caters to the kiddos on Dec. 2 when it hosts the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day and a winter wonderland of games and activities before departure! Other holiday rides offered include a Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train excursion and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out their online calendar for tickets and more information.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

Enter a parade float, or just sit back and enjoy watching nearly 100 jolly and bright floats make their way down ‘A’ Street in Bentonville. Starting at 11 a.m. with a theme of “12 Days of Christmas,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends!

The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Drive-Thru Lights, Nov. 24 ­– Jan. 1

After dark, drive the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs for a lights display that is sure to inspire. Enjoy a forest of illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue, and celebrate the light of the world!

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

Floats with delightful characters, candy, Christmas music, beautiful holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Hunstville Christmas Parade?! The parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp.

Winter Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See this Season

Point your compass to Northwest Arkansas and have a blast during this chilliest of seasons! Between winter gift markets, a frosty beer festival, runs and races, indoor performances and activities, and an Ozark music celebration, we’ve got what it takes to keep the fun meter up when the temps go down!

DON YOUR REINDEER EARS for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Dec. 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAB YOUR SKATES and make a figure 8 at the Ice Skating Rink at Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville thru January.

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS while they work during the Nov. 19 Holiday Showcase – Meet the Artists event at Terra Studios in Fayetteville.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL during the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 at Walton Art Center’s McBride Studio. Plus, check out all kinds of other great NWA shopping options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS CHIHULY: IN THE FOREST, the blockbuster outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, extended by popular demand through Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUN AND RIDE one of the newest trail systems in the region at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista on Dec. 9-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKER POUNDING with the action and thrills of cyclocross bike racing at the 2017 CycloFrost – CX Race on Dec. 9 at Lake Fayetteville.

 

TAKE A PUBLIC ART TOUR and dig the new urban street-art movement taking hold in cities across Northwest Arkansas! Read all about it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE THAT PINKIE on Dec. 7 at the 51st Annual Silver Tea at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEND YOUR WINTER BREAK at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with family friendly activities like art making, music, puppets and dance each afternoon from Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEASH YOUR INNER SPIDERMAN at a local rock climbing gym, such as Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale and La Casa Pollo in Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHOLD STUNNING ARCHITECTURE at NWA’s glass chapels: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR of NWA’s cities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the University of Arkansas and other landmarks from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK YOUR CURIOSITY this holiday season at the Scott Family Amazeum, with exhibits, fun and learning for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING IN 2018! You and your crew (or family) are sure to find the perfect way to count down at NWA’s diverse New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR FEELS on Bluegrass, folk and American Roots at the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Jan. 18-21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE A FROSTY MUG and sample local craft beer on Feb. 3 at the 2018 Frost Fest Outdoor Beer Festival at Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Theater and Performing Arts

From classics like Rudolph: The Musical, and the flutes and fiddles of Irish ensemble Danú, to a soulful holiday concert by hit-maker LeAnn Rimes, each one of these vibrant performances will leave you with that warm holiday glow!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, TheatreSquared

A classic Christmas tale with an inventive twist! Frank Capra’s film inspires sheer holiday magic on the big stage. Telling the story of George Bailey on a live Christmas Eve radio broadcast, five actors take on dozens of different characters recreating Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and high-energy performances.

        Rudolph and Friends

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Dec. 2, Walton Arts Center

You’ll want to bring the entire family to this beloved holiday classic. Watch your favorite holiday characters come to life including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph! Go on a yuletide adventure where you just might discover how being different makes you special. Fun for families and all ages!

Danú, A Christmas Gathering: Féile na Nollag, Dec. 10, Walton Arts Center

This award-winning Irish ensemble makes its awaited return to Walton Arts Center! The spirited band brings the tradition of a Celtic Christmas with songs, music and stories that have emerged from the history of their homeland. Listen as virtuoso players on flute, fiddle, button accordion and percussion alongside the voice of Nell Ní Chróinín and traditional dancers bring the rich heritage of Ireland to you! 

A Christmas Story, Dec. 8-17, Arkansas Public Theater

You’ll shoot your eye out! It’s the line we all know too well from the 1983 comedy film and holiday classic, A Christmas Story. You’ll find yourself in stiches as you follow the quest of Ralphie and for the only thing on his Christmas list: a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, watch as Ralphie, his family and friends find themselves in all sorts of situations including a tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole and an unorthodox Chinese Christmas dinner. Don’t miss the laughs!

Film Screening: Elf and Food Drive, Dec. 9, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Come dressed as your favorite holiday character for a special film screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy, Elf. Festivities include live music, hot chocolate and more! Also, bring your canned goods to donate to the Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.

Music Icon LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes: Today Is Christmas, Dec. 12, Walton Arts Center

Rimes, a two-time Grammy Award winner, made a splash in country music becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 14. Now, the internationally acclaimed pop-country icon brings tidings of joy to Northwest Arkansas as she performs a compilation of both original and traditional Christmas songs from her own holiday albums.

 

A Very SoNA Christmas, Dec. 16, Walton Arts Center

Have yourself A Very SoNA Christmas! This annual holiday Pops performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will include the beloved melodies that celebrate magic and beauty of the season. Also featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists.

The Snowman: A Family Concert

Walton Arts Center and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 17

This magical holiday concert especially for children and families features a special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” with a virtuosic orchestral soundtrack that SoNA performs live. All ages will be enchanted as a winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless tale of a young boy’s special friendship with his snowman.

Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, Jan. 23, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

All four of APO’s youth orchestras, plus featured ensembles, will perform in this special concert event. The philharmonic plays a vibrant role in the lives of young musicians in the area by bringing them together for coaching, mentoring, practice and performing.

PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming: Walton Arts CenterTheatreSquaredArts Center of the OzarksArkansas Public TheatreTrike Theatre and Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas.

‘Tis the Season… For Shopping!

In Northwest Arkansas, each of our cities offers unique, exciting shopping experiences. With luxury storefronts, hallmark department stores, eclectic boutiques, galleries and locally owned emporiums, you won’t shop here and not find something you like!

Fayetteville – From casual to upscale, with trendy boutiques, locally owned shops, and home to a community of talented artists and makers, Fayetteville has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting the Northwest Arkansas Mall and the surrounding Uptown retail district, strolling the shops around the downtown square and along Block Street, or browsing for fab finds at stores peppered throughout town, there are plenty of ways to bring a piece Fayetteville home with you!

Eureka Springs – Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques, antiques, handcrafted jewelry, eclectic gifts and world-renowned arts can be found anywhere in town. From vendors in the park to lovely independent shops aplenty, you’ll find uniquely Eureka treasures and gifts for any occasion and not a mall in sight! 

Bentonville – Finding yourself in need of some retail therapy? There are many options in Bentonville. This “New American Town” boasts some of the best locally owned, one-of-a-kind boutiques and unique shopping experiences around! Be sure to explore downtown for custom gifts, local designers, art galleries, up-cycled merch and more.

Rogers – With shopping malls, quaint boutiques and antique shops, Rogers is the ultimate shopping destination. Stock up on luxury labels at the open-air Pinnacle Hills Promenade, or buy local wares and handmade items at shops along the historic downtown’s brick-lined streets. Whether you’re shopping for him, her or home, you’re bound to find it in Rogers!

Downtown Siloam Springs – Classic antiques. Classy boutiques. Funky furniture shops. Amazing artwork. Bath and kitchen bounty. Check off everything on your list when you shop in downtown Siloam Springs. The question is, is your trunk big enough for all the treasures you’ll find?

SpringdaleSpringdale offers shopping options from one end of the city to the other. Browse boutiques and specialty shops along Emma Street in downtown, or find some of the best deals around at factory stores and outlets. From antique malls with thousands of square feet of collectables and gifts, to local markets with food, vintage and handmade – let your quest for that perfect unique gift lead you to Springdale!

 

Stories of American Art Told at Crystal Bridges

Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2016

At the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you can discover many diverse works of art, including an upcoming temporary exhibition exploring the work of black artists during the tumultuous ‘60s, ’70s and ’80s; a collection on display now that captures the cool rhythms of jazz; and a master glass artist’s exhibition extended by popular demand. Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is an experience you don’t want to miss!

 

The blockbuster exhibition Chihuly: In the Forest  has been extended on the museum’s grounds through Nov. 27. American artist Dale Chihuly’s breathtaking glass and neon sculptures are celebrated around the world, and tickets to this outdoor exhibition are just $10! Once it ends, Chihuly’s colorful Fiori Boat will remain along Crystal Bridges’ nature trails amongst nearly two dozen other outdoor art installations.

 

 

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–51

On view until Jan. 1, 2018, is Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, a major retrospective of 80+ paintings described as “a universe of jazzy patterns and blazing colors” by The New York Times. This collection focuses on specific phases of artist Davis’ work where he applied forms of Cubism to still-life and landscapes, and invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language. Over his career, Davis forged a union of international Modernism and uniquely American imagery that continues to influence art being made today. Tickets for this exhibition are $8 (free for members and under 18). 

 

Jeff Donaldson, Study for Wall of Respect [Miles Davis], c. 1967

Opening Feb. 3, 2018, is the debut of an exhibition highlighting how activism in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s helped shape American art as we know it. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power features the work of more than 60 black artists, beginning with works by the Spiral Group, a New York-based collective that opened up questions about the role of artists in the Civil Rights movement. From there, the exhibition traces the impact of the growing Black Power movement and explores the many ways artists worked to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.

Artists featured include Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Alma Thomas and Lorraine O’Grady. Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues to host this important and eye-opening exhibition. Following its debut in Northwest Arkansas, it travels to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Other exhibitions coming to Crystal Bridges in 2018 include Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artists from May 26 thru Sept. 2, 2018, and Native North America from Oct. 6 thru Jan. 7, 2019.

For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

Ring in the New Year Right

Celebrate New Year’s Eve how you like with festivals, bashes and daytime options for kids and families, too. At night, head to one of Northwest Arkansas’ vibrant downtowns to celebrate at a variety of pubs, nightclubs and live-music venues offering special entertainment, libations and fun!

Famous “Hog” Drop at Last Night Fayetteville

Last Night Fayetteville – Arkansas’ largest New Year’s Eve festival delivers a full evening of arts and live music for revelers of all ages. Held on the Fayetteville square, Last Night features a spectacular fireworks display and performances on multiple stages by Randall Shreve and The DeVilles, The 1 oz. Jig, National Park Radio, The Lark and the Loon, Trumann Rail Boys, Willi Carlisle, Foggy Bobcat, comedians and more! Early bird tickets on sale now! 

Noon Year’s Eve Kids and Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Ring in the New Year (without staying up late!) at this third annual family celebration with games, art projects, dancing and more. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free!

Noon Year’s Eve at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 – Dance into the new year at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art where the Great Hall is transformed into a glowing disco party headlined by Jack Novak mixing her chart-topping electronic hits. Let loose in the Eleven jazzy swing room with Matt Stansberry & The Romance. Between dances, visit jazz musicians in the Stuart Davis exhibition In Full Swing, grab a drink at the bar, and experience a hallway of street performers until midnight! Members ages 21 and up.

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN! Bar hop and mingle with other partygoers, or settle in at a restaurant or coffee house with friends. Our vibrant downtowns have a variety of venues to help you ring in 2018!

Dickson Street Entertainment District, FayettevilleAn eclectic mix of bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries in the heart of the city. On New Year’s Eve, check out George’s Majestic Lounge for their New Years Eve Bash with Arkansauce, The Too’s and more!

NEW 365

Downtown Bentonville: The live music scene is young and vibrant here, amidst upscale wine bars, coffee shops and a burgeoning brewery scene. On New Year’s Eve, come to Meteor Guitar Gallery for New Year’s Eve with 90LB Wrench and Special Guest Throwback Jack

Downtown Eureka Springs: With more than 20 bars, restaurants and clubs within walking district, downtown Eureka is where you can dance your way into 2018. Check out Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar for New Year’s Eve: Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, plus Blue Dream Blue

 

Razorbacks Turn Up the Heat this Season

In NWA, we call the Hogs year-round! With back-to-back basketball and baseball, plus women’s gymnastics, too, it’s always game day in Razorback country!

Bud Walton Arena

RAZORBACK BASKETBALL

Basketball season is underway and Hog fans have what it takes to make Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas campus come alive! Known as the Basketball Palace of Mid-America, Bud Walton is charged with excitement from tip-off to the final buzzer. With both the men’s and women’s teams in play through March 2018, there’s plenty of time for you to get in on the action!

Men’s Basketball

Razorback fans can expect more of Coach Mike Anderson’s “fastest 40 minutes in basketball” during the 2017-18 season with returning seniors Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford and Anton Beard leading on the court. After the team made it to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen tournament last season, fans are ready to cheer their beloved team on to more wins! For season info, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

Women’s Basketball

New head coach and UA alum Mike Neighbors started the 2017-18 season with an 82-74 win over Northeastern State University on Nov. 2. The lady Hogs are fired up to face 16 opponents at home this season, eight of which are in the Southeastern Conference. For season details, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

 

Diamond Hogs Celebrate at Baum Stadium

RAZORBACK BASEBALL

The Diamond Hogs face an action-packed 2018 season with 33 games at Fayetteville’s Baum Stadium, home of the largest video scoreboard in collegiate baseball. With Coach Dave Van Horn at the helm for his 16th season, the men’s baseball team hopes to carry over the momentum from last year’s 45-19 season for the Feb. 16-18, 2018, opening weekend against Bucknell University. For season details, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

 

Gymbacks at Barnhill Arena

RAZORBACK GYMNASTICS

The women’s gymnastics team will give fans a special treat on Dec. 17 when it hosts a Holidays with the Hogs Intrasquad meet at UA’s Barnhill Arena. The squad’s 2018 season kicks off on Jan. 5 in Baton Rouge before the Gymbacks return to Barnhill to host a total of five home meets, including SEC matchups against Kentucky, Georgia and Auburn. For the 2018 gymnastics schedule, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

All photos courtesy of Walt Beazley, University of Arkansas

2018 Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza

Celebrate Mardi Gras Eureka Springs-style during this annual month-long festival, the largest of its kind in Arkansas! The 2018 Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza promises fun and revelry with costume balls, parades, Cajun food, coffee and beignets, umbrella decorating and more. The theme for this year’s festival is Pirates of the Caribbean, so break out your colorful swashbuckling attire and get ready for an amazingly good time. Laissez les bon temps rouler à Eureka Springs!

Mardi Gras Parade

Kings Day Kickoff at the Rowdy Beaver, Jan. 6, 2018­ – Wear your colorful costumes and blinged-out masks and come meet the King, Queen and the rest of the Royal Court at this festival opener. Free food and music, too.

Taste of N’Awlins, Jan. 20 – Gather for the taste of the French Quarter with hot beignets, café au lait and gumbo shooters. Socialize with the Royal Court and enjoy lots of 2nd lining to the swinging sounds of a jazz trio.

Umbrella Decorating, Jan. 10, 17, 24 – Wear your beads and boas for these casual, creative gatherings where everyone gets a chance to decorate his or her own umbrella. Supplies will be provided.

Coronation Ball, Feb. 2 – A grand royal procession at the Eureka Springs Convention Center is followed by dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Doghouse Daddies band.

Krewe of Barkus

Eureka Gras Night Parade, Feb. 3 – Themed floats, walkers and dancers will light up the night as they parade through downtown to traditional Mardi Gras tunes. Followed by 2nd line street dancing.

Black Light Ball, Feb. 3 – Let a body artist paint you with glow-in-the-dark paint, don a glow necklace, and then celebrate to flashing lights and spinning tunes!

Joker’s Masquerade Ball, Feb. 9 – This fabulous costume ball at the Eureka Springs Convention Center includes the Royal Mini Parade, a buffet, dancing and a costume contest.

Costume Day Parade, Feb. 10 – This themed parade, led by the Krewe of Barkus, winds through downtown with floats, walkers, bands, dancers and — the best of all — animals!

Mayor’s Ball: Red Carpet Masquerade, Feb. 10 – Held at the historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel, this ball features live music, beads, appetizers and a cash bar. Bring your decorated umbrellas for 2nd line revelry!

Night Parade

Jazz Champagne Brunch, Feb. 11 – Enjoy a fine-dining brunch inside the Crystal Dining Room at the renowned 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. Join in on the 2nd line dance with music by Crescent City Combo.

St. Liz Cajun King Cake Ball, Feb. 13 – Wrapping up the festival, this celebration features the largest king cake in Arkansas! Feast on a Louisiana dinner served by costumed wait staff, and dance to the sounds of the Naturally Brass jazz combo. Costumes are encouraged.

For more info, visit eurekaspringsmardigras.org.

Get Ready to Rumble at Bikes, Blues and BBQ!

The 18th annual Bikes Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally is right around the corner, when tens of thousands of riders, spectators and partygoers roll into town to experience one of the most action-packed weekends that Northwest Arkansas has to offer!

Bikes, Blues and BBQ is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the nation! From Sept. 20-23, downtown Fayetteville and across the region is revving and rocking with poker runs, charity and VIP rides, live blues, contests, cook-offs and the Dickson Street Entertainment District — there’s all sorts of cool stuff to do!

Even if you don’t ride, don’t miss the spectacle of the festival: Harleys, crotch rockets, tricked-out custom jobs, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock and sport bikes — it’s a sight like no other!

Downtown Fayetteville’ Dickson Street Entertainment District is the heart of the festival with live bands, beer gardens, tons of vendors and some of the best people watching around!

Want to slip under the radar? Ease onto one of the winding roads out of town and throw open the throttle along a stretch of scenic highway. Bikes, Blues and BBQ takes place in the Northwest Arkansas Ozark Mountains, giving motorcyclists the chance to experience some of the finest rides in the state.

Bike’s Blues and BBQ draws some 400,000 people from all over the country. Hotels, campgrounds and private homes for rent all fill up fast. Be sure to book your lodging now.

HEART OF THE RALLY

This year, there are four primary venues for live music and events: the Dickson Street Beer Garden, the Baum Motorcycle Village, the Blues Alley Saloon at the Washington County Fairgrounds, and the Monster Experience Venue at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. 

Love all kinds of music? In addition to legendary blues entertainment, the rally offers everything from Americana to Bluegrass, ’80s hairbands, country, funk and classic rock. 

MAIN EVENTS

Live Music: Don’t forget, all the live music at Bikes, Blues and BBQ is free! See full music lineup below.

Firefighters Poker Runs: Supporting Camp Sunshine for young burn victims.

Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes: See how your ride stacks up against the others!

Kansas City BBQ Society/Arkansas State BBQ Competition: Contestants put their best meat forward to win thousands in prize money.

Miss BBB Contest: Ladies compete for cash prizes totaling $2,000.

Classic Car Show: Because hundreds of thousands of motorcycles is not enough!

Parade of Power: Dickson Street is smokin’ with everything from standard stock bikes to street rods and outrageous customized jobs. Spectators fill up downtown parking lots along as along the route as thousands of riders rumble by.

 

RALLY MUSIC LINEUP

MAIN STAGE ON DICKSON STREET

Wednesday, Sept. 20:

5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. – The Squarshers

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Arkansauce

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Mountain Sprout

Thursday, Sept. 21:

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Gary Hutchison

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Funk Factory

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Oreo Blue

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Earl and Them

Friday, Sept. 22:

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Leah & the Mojo Doctors

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Vintage Pistol

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – The Uncrowned Kings

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hot Lix

10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Jason D Williams

Saturday, Sept. 23

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Mister Lucky

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Divas On Fire

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Arkansauce

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – The Mixtapes

10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Dead Metal Society

BLUES ALLEY SALOON AT WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Wednesday, Sept. 20:

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Blew Reed and the Flatheads

Thursday, Sept. 21:

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Brickfields

Friday, Sept. 22:

6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Boston Mountain Playboys

Saturday, Sept. 24:

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Brody Buster 

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Dr. NOLA and the Soul Shakers

For more info, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

 

NWA Fall Arts & Crafts Fairs Among Best in US!

 

Spanker Creek

Arts and crafts lovers rejoice as autumn brings the return of the Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs to Northwest Arkansas! 

Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October it’s home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country.

With contemporary, country-styled, holiday-themed and Indie wares, too, these arts and crafts fairs are held region-wide, offering handmade, authentic items for every taste, style and budget. 

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

 

HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL – Oct. 7: Held in historic downtown Siloam Springs, this arts and crafts fair has a contemporary bent with one-of-a-kind and limited-run items such as illustrations, printmaking, clothing, music, jewelry and accessories, homemade, salvaged and repurposed goods and lots of hand-picked vintage. There’s also live music, food trucks and kayaking along Sager Creek. mainstreetsiloam.org 

 

PINE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR, Eureka Springs – Oct. 13-14: Local and regional arts and crafts including stained glass, leather, baskets, woodworking, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, and lots of other handmade arts and crafts are offered. Holiday theme gifts are also in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations. eurekaspringschamber.com

Homegrown Festival

 

SPANKER CREEK FARK ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Oct. 18-22: Located on a farm setting with a true Ozark atmosphere, Spanker Creek welcomes returning and new exhibitors for this fair now in its 11th year. Just north of Bentonville, Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fairgrounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side. spankercreekfarm.com

WAR EAGLE MILL CRAFTS FAIRS – Oct. 19-22: The picturesque War Eagle Mill east of Rogers is the site of three longtime arts and crafts fairs that draw tens of thousands of crafters each year! wareaglemill.com

 

War Eagle Mill

WAR EAGLE MILL CRAFT & CULINARY FAIR: Celebrating its 44th year and featuring hand-painted decor, country furnishings, botanical art, ceramics, watercolors, homemade soaps and jewelry. Enjoy cooking demos and samples of delicious breads and muffins made onsite. While you eat and shop, listen to live music on the front porch of the mill. nwacraftsfairs.com

WAR EAGLE FAIR: A tradition dating back to 1954, War Eagle Fair’s mission is to keep true hand-crafted arts alive and well in the Ozarks. Sift through the wares of over 250 booths sure to be filled with unique, handmade products set up along the banks of the War Eagle River. wareaglefair.com

SHARP’S SHOW OF WAR EAGLE: This fair takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill, with more than 250 booths, Find stained glass, leather, baskets, woodwork, paintings, sculpture and more. Holiday themed gifts and seasonal décor are prominent. nwacraftsfairs.com

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show

 

BELLA VISTA ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL ­– Oct. 19-21: Now in its 48th year, this premier festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors from around the world. Offering high quality arts and crafts that are always handmade, the juried event has grown to nearly 300 artisans since it began in 1969. bellavistafestival.org

OZARK REGIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: TWO LOCATIONS

Fayetteville, Oct. 19-21 and Springdale, Oct. 20-21: Recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the U.S., this fair is the largest indoor craft fair in the state! Featuring 650+ booths in two locations: the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville and the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. nwacraftsfairs.com

 

 

Frisco Station Mall

FRISCO STATION MALL CRAFTS FAIR – Oct. 19-22: Indoors at the Rogers mall, this fair sells baskets, woodworking, potpourris, candles, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, oils plus holiday gift items and seasonal décor. nwacraftsfairs.com

 

 

 

HEART OF ROGERS CRAFT FAIR – Oct. 20-21: The 3rd Annual HeART of Rogers Craft Fair held in historic downtown specializes in upscale, handcrafted items not typically found anywhere else. Held in the ballroom of what was once the Historic Lane Hotel, the fair includes the all-new Kids Rock paining venue, and a second venue now open at First United Methodist Church. godowntownrogers.com